The Penny – A Collective for Change – 3y3wonder Shop Review
The old song pennies from heaven comes to mind as you’re strolling up the main street in Mission City towards this coffee house. With an espresso macchiato to die for this amazing space is certainly worth your time.
Perhaps the most striking feature of this collective for change is their incredible branding. The dove that is pictured on the shop door and throughout the joint actually appears on the 1867-1967 Canadian centennial pennies. The beautiful dove image may trigger your memory as something familiar, the shop manager seemed surprised that I recognized the reference. The wall behind the coffee counter glitters with the copper glow of many re-purposed pennies and of course the smiles of the friendly staff.
As I was taking photographs and preparing for this review, I had a nice chat with the manager on duty, Bitty Berlinghoff. She talked about how their coffee is locally roasted, and how the sweets in their display case are locally made with gluten free options for everyone. A patron can adorn the beautiful dove logo with a silkscreen tee or sweatshirt on sale for $25.
This website is in no way affiliated with the penny, I merely wanted to start doing some lower mainland shop reviews and came across this modern, yet relaxed coffee bar as a good candidate.
Although Bitty didn’t talk about the owners of the coffee bar much it appears that it is being run by a religious organization called New Heights. New Heights also has an interesting logo and use the tree as a Metaphor for their practices and beliefs. How cool is that!? Somebody in this group has mad design skills, if you know who it is please let me know and I’ll provide a link to their page.
The Penny is a great way to wake up early in the morning or have a coffee and afternoon read with the light streaming in the tall windows of this heritage building. I invite any coffee lover reading this to ditch their corporate Starbucks or Tim’s routine and support a local business with an interest in bettering the community.
T H E P E N N Y Hours of Operation:
3y3 Rating: 6 1/2 out of 7
Shop and Products: 5.5/7 Pretty Sweet! (lost marks only due to not having business hours posted)
Staff: 6.5/7 Excellent!
Overall Rating 6.5/7 Excellent!
If you like this review or have something to add about your experience at Penny please leave a comment. If you have a store or shop in the Lower Mainland and would like to be reviewed please fill out the contact form.
The writings and images here are ©2018 unless otherwise stated if you are interested in posting or printing this content elsewhere please fill out the contact form. Thank you for stopping by and feel free to read more about what’s going on in your area.